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The best pushchairs to buy and why… Part Two

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The best pushchairs to buy and why, as earlier stated, are those that match the criteria of a good pushchair
– durable, safe, comfortable, easy to use, good brake and wheel suspension, and compliant with current pushchair safety standards; as well as being approved by parents.

In my last post, I told you about the importance of planning, budgeting, and research.

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Reviews by Mums, my verdict

Today’s  post, is the  sixth and final part of my pushchair series.  Like the last time, I will bring to your attention, the opinions of some parents about their pushchairs and my thoughts too.

It is my utmost desire, to be as helpful as I can be, as you journey through the path of becoming a new mum.

In the process of giving you practical tips for shopping for your baby, I will be reviewing, and recommending products, I believe could be beneficial to you.

If you decide on purchasing any item through any of the retailer links provided on this site, I may earn an affiliate commission as a result.This is not a sponsored post.

I shall be reviewing travel systems, three wheelers and some strollers.

There  are  also discounts, cheaper alternatives and options to get some pushchairs second hand or pre owned.

Buying Second hand

If you are a buying preowned or secondhand, you must ensure that, you do your due diligence. Be sure that the item is safe  for your newborn and most  comply with current pushchair safety standards.

The United Kingdom, Ireland and Europe must comply with the latest British Safety Standard BS EN 1888: 2018 or BS EN 1888: 2019 or the European Standard ECE R44/04 or R129 i-size or the equavalent in your region.

Watch out for choking hazards, lose parts, rickety chassis, punctured tyres, malfunctioning  brakes,  faulty handles, hood and seats, broken  adaptors  and   fresh paint. The list is inexhaustible.

The businesscompanion.info, says that the following are some of the things to look out for,when considering to buy a new or secondhand pram and pushchair:

  • the presence of any sharp edges or points
  • the folding chassis must have a primary and secondary locking device; do they both engage and work properly?
  • the safety harness; is it in good condition? Make sure the harness is a secure five-point harness and the straps are frayed

I would also advise that you check for cost effectiveness when buying  preowned or secondhand.

Sometimes,  it  would make more economic sense to buy a product new brand on discount, than to pay less for a preowned item but spend more on shippings costs.

For buying preowned or secondhand to make economic sense, both the cost and shipping charges, should be fairly reasonable.

Travel Systems

Credit Amazon: Uppababy Pushchair and Carry Cot (Gregory)

Uppababy Vista V2 2020 Demo Video

A Travel System is an all-encompassing device that comes with a pushchair to which you can attach or remove an infant car seat or a carrycot. It has the added advantage of being parent or world facing. Some brands can serve you from infancy to about age three or more.

It is perfect for the car owner mum, and can serve the other classes of mums, depending on their lifestyle
needs.

Uppababy Vista 2020

The Uppababy Vista V2 model can convert from a single to a double pushchair and falls into the category of a good pushchair.

An improvement on Uppababy Vista V2 2019

This pushchair is an improvement on the Uppababy Vista 2019. It has no re thread harness and the harness can be adjusted to accommodate the growing child. It remains compatible with Uppababy MESA without using adaptors.

But if you prefer the Clek Liing, Maxi Cosi, Nuna PIPA, Peg-Perego, Primo Viaggio 4-35,Chicco keyfit, the Cybex Aton and Cloud Q series Car Seats, you will need to buy the adaptors, separately.

It also has the added feature of a visual lock indicator to show when the wheels are locked or unlocked.

This model has an overall perfect finish with leather details, on the handlebar and canopy, a powder coated aluminum finish, a chic lightweight frame, and a generally easy to use, appeal.

Great For All Seasons

What makes the Vista V2 very outstanding is that it is excellent for all seasons.

Credit: Uppababy.ie Vented Canopy and UPF50+ Sun Shield

The carrycot comes with a vented canopy, a vented base, and a UPF 50+ sun shield, which allows for good air circulation during the hot and humid months.

During the cold winter months, the vented base and canopy of this well-padded carrycot, can be closed to help provide comfort and warmth for your baby.

Approved For Overnight Sleeping

Credit Uppababy.ie Carrycot On Stand

Jeanne’s Uppababy Vista

Jeanne, mother of eight months old Larla, chose this pushchair.

‘’So, the travel system we have is the Uppababy Vista. We picked it because it was approved for overnight sleeping,’’ she added.

It’s a good buy for a car owner and a bus and train mum and equally brilliant for those mums who do a lot of walking.

Loved By Many
Credit Amazon:Uppababy Ultimo Toddler Seat and Piggyback Board

Credit Amazon:Uppababy Ultimo Toddler Seat and Piggyback Board

It’s very popular among parents because the carrycot is approved for overnight sleeping making it, a versatile asset, suited for both indoor and outdoor use. To use indoors, you would need a carry cot stand.

The Uppababy Vista V2 is ideal for a family of three, in the convertible pushchair mode. For this, you would need to buy a Rumble Seat, a Piggyback board, and adaptors, separately.

A Few Niggles

However, there are some slight draw backs. As much as it’s easy to operate and fold, this pushchair, doesn’t have a grabbable handle when folded, which makes it awkward to grab and go. You’re left alone to figure out where to lift it up from.

Another thing is that it could be too bulky for a small boot.
The toddler Seat is a bit of an issue for me as well.

My concern is that even though, this version has a roomier toddler Seat, it isn’t newborn friendly.

To be able to use it for your new baby, you would have to purchase a separate snug seat.

The seat ‘’must be used with Toddler Seat in the most reclined position with insert”, according to the manufacturer.

Pros
  • Meets the requirement of a good pushchair.
  • Reversible toddler seat
  • One handed multi position recline
  • Adjustable leather handlebar
  • Height adjustable canopy
  • A shock absorbing, all-wheel suspension
Cons
  • The bar across the basket could be an obstruction to you.
  • The leather detail on the handlebar, could become tacky after long term use, and could constitute choking hazards if chewed upon by your toddler.
Verdict

I would say, it’s good value for your money as it comes with additional accessories- toddler seat bumper, bug shield and rain cover; carrycot bug shield and storage bag. It comes in assorted colours.

Buy Now

Buy Now  available at Amazon Uppababy Cruz V2 Stroller  Jordan

Buy Now available at Amazon UPPAbaby VISTA V2 Stroller – EMMETT (green melange/silver/saddle leather)

******Also check out these cheaper offers in eBay!

Note: Please consider shipping charges, if you live outside of the USA. Always check terms and conditions of purchase.

I advise that you know exactly what you are paying for. You can check out 12 things to know before you buy a pram. 

Buy Now Uppababy Vista V2 Jordan

Buy Now Uppababy 2019 Vista V2 with Bassinet Finn Deep Sea

Buy Now Uppababy Cruz 2018

This is a budget friendlier alternative to the Uppababy Vista V2

Evenflo Pivot Xpand Pushchair

Credit ebaby. Evenflo Pivot Expand Single to Double Pushchair

Credit ebaby: Evenflo Pivot Expand Single to Double Pushchair

Evenflo Pivot Xpand Pushchair Demo Video

Buy Now from ebay Evenflo Pivot Xpand Modular Baby Stroller with Compact Folding design Convert

Also check these out from ebay

Note: Please consider shipping charges, if you live outside of the USA. Always check terms and conditions of purchase.

I advise that you know exactly what you are paying for. You can check out 12 things to know before you buy a pram. 

Bargains and offers

Check out these special  fantastic offers from Mamas & Papas, it’s selection of discount bundles of up to 50%.

Also checkout Puschairs and Stroller as low as  € 106,99 at  Aosom.ie

My Favourite Pick…

Budget friendly price  £81.43  Bugaboo fox/Chameleon High Performance Stroller  with Rain cover

Second hand or preowned

If you are looking to buy secondhand or preowned, then you check out them out in ebay.

Three Wheelers

A lot has changed, with the All-Terrain Pushchairs nowadays, thanks to newer contemporary designs which are sleeker, like the three-wheeler. They come with smaller wheels and can be used within town.  

Infababy Ultimo Wheel 3 in 1 travel System

Credit Infababy: Infababy Ultimo Wheel 3 in 1 Travel System Space Grey

Credit Infababy: Infababy Ultimo Wheel 3 in 1 Travel System Space Grey

Infababy Ultimo Wheel 3 in 1 travel System Demo Video

This three-whreeler pushchair is very popular among mums in the Republic of Ireland.

Award Winning
Credit Infababy: Award Winning Travel System

Credit Infababy: Award Winning Travel System

Within the affordable price range, it’s voted as the Best Travel System in the UK in the Mother & Baby 2020 Awards.

I consider it suitable for both car-owner and bus and train mums.

Roisin’s Infababy

Roisin, a new mum, spoke glowingly about her pushchair.

She explains her pushchair is a three-way travel system that comes with a car seat and carry cot.

According to Roisin, “…The basket on the bottom is really big, so you do your shopping and stuff.

There’s good wheel on it for walking on bad roads and I like the color, it’s grey’’.

Credit Ibi Enebi: Roisin's Infababy

Credit Ibi Enebi: Roisin’s Infababy

When asked why she chose this particular brand, she responded by saying:

“I just like it because I have heard good things about it’’.

Why she likes it?

“It has a big basket.

It has got good wheels on it for walking on bad roads and terrains  and stuff.

It has a car seat, a pram (carrycot), and the actual buggy, so you get a lot of use out of it”.

Roisin’s analysis of her pushchair resonates with what most parents feel about the Infababy Ultimo wheel 3 in 1 travel system.

However, a few describe it as heavy, and lacking in quality, durability, and size.

Pros

In my opinion, the Infababy Ultimo is very similar to the Uppababy Vista 2020, as they share practically the same features, ( see Uppababy Vista 2020 Pros).

The carrycot is suitable from birth to six months, the pushchair seat from six months to four years, while the car seat can be used from birth to one year.

The car seat is compatible with the Ultimo Isofix base.

One of the interesting safety features about it according to the manufacturer:

‘’ The fabric hoods and covers are trimmed with a discreet reflective silver/grey piping which is designed to reflect light on dark evenings to ensure you and baby are seen on the pavements whilst on evening walks, an
added level of safety exclusively with the Infababy® ULTIMO’’.

Cons

It’s considered to be heavy and made from poor quality materials by some parents.

The little minus for me, is that the carrycot isn’t approved for overnight sleeping, implying that you may have to buy a second pram or carrycot if you wished to use one indoor.

Verdict

I would say that based on the recommendations by parents, it’s good value for money. It comes with an eco-leather covered handle, bumper bar, carry cot and rain cover at no extra cost.

Check these pushchairs out. They are excellent, too!

Maxi Cosi Gia Travel System

Credit Amazon: Maxi Cosi Travel Sysyem

Credit Amazon: Maxi Cosi Travel Sysyem

Maxi Cosi Gia Travel System Demo Video

Credit Amazon: Parent Facing When Using A Car Seat

Credit Amazon: Parent Facing When Using A Car Seat

This pushchair is not only similar to the Infababy Ultimo, but also ticks most of the boxes of a good pushchair.

It can easily be transformed into a travel system, by adding a car seat, which is sold separately.

It’s ideal for the Car Owner, Bus and Train and Outdoorsy Mums.

 Pros
  • Extendable Canopy
  • Extra Large Shopping Basket
  • Compact One Hand Fold
  • Parent and World facing
  • Tough Terrain Tyres
Cons
  • Non-adjustable handlebar
  • Some might consider it a little heavy when weight is added to it.
Verdict

This is a very  budget friendly pushchair. The price is fantastic! It comes with a Parent Cup Holder, Car Seat Adaptors, Rain Cover and Bumper Bar.

Buy Now  available at Amazon Maxi Cosi Travel Sysyem

Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 All-Terrain Pushchair

Credit Amazon: Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Award Winning Pushchair

Credit Amazon: Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 Award Winning Pushchair

Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 All-Terrain Pushchair Demo Video

The Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 All-Terrain Three Wheeler Pushchair, is an award-winning pushchair and suitable for the Car Owner, Bus and Train and Outdoorsy Mums.

It ticks all the boxes of a good pushchair.

According to the manufacturer, you can ‘’create a travel system using an infant car seat and adapters, add up to a carrycot or customise your ride with a variety of accessories (sold separately)’’.

Pros
  • Lightweight
  • Adjustable Handlebar and Hand Operated Parking Brake
  • Adjustable Calf Support
  • Lie Back Recline
  • Can be used from birth to 22kg ( approximately five or six years)
Cons
  • World Facing but the car seat is usually placed in a parent facing position.
  • Another downside to this pushchair is that, despite all the positive reviews, a parent was apprehensive about the safety of the product.

Her safety concern is that, the carrycot doesn’t feel secure when clipped to the pushchair frame.

Verdict

I would say, it’s good value for money as it’s sturdy, maneuverable, durable, and comfortable.

Having said that, watch out for how your carrycot sits on the frame of the pushchair and be doubly sure that it’s safe and secure for baby.

Buy Now avaliable at Amazon Baby Jogger City Mini GT2 All-Terrain Pushchair

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Graco Evo Trio Pushchair

The Graco Evo Travel System is a huge hit within the mums’ circle because of its affordability and durability.

It’s often described as classic without the fuss, bells, and whistles. In order words, it gets the job done!

Credit Amazon: Graco Evo Trio Pushchair

Credit Amazon: Graco Evo Trio Pushchair

Graco Evo Trio Travel System Demo Video

Ayaba’s Graco

Ayaba, a mother of two, said that she got the Graco Fast Action Fold Travel System, which consisted of a car set and a stroller.

‘’ I learnt about it from my friends who had had babies… I enjoyed using the stroller especially for my shopping.

It was very apt as baby could be carried in all positions: sitting and lying down. It’s easy to fold away and durable’’.

The only niggle about it, according to the mother of two, is that it was bulky and took up a lot of space in her boot.

Another mum had incompatible issues with the Evo model: her carrycot wasn’t compatible with the pushchair, even though the pushchair and the carrycot were advertised as being compatible.

Ijay’s Vivo Graco

Ijay, a mother of three, also found her Graco pushchair to be very bulky and heavy.

Graco Evo Trio Pushchair is a better alternative because it comes ready with a carrycot, a snug essential iSize infant car seat, in addition to the pushchair, saving you from buying the carrycot separately.

Award winning

It is acclaimed to be ‘’an award-winning practical choice for busy parents, according to its manufacturer’’.

It ticks all the boxes of a good pushchair.

Pros
  • Three position recline including the full lie back.
  • Adjustable calf support, canopy, and handlebar
  • Footmuff and Rain cover
  • Easy to use
  • One Hand fold
  • Maneuverable
  • Compatible with Graco Snug Car Seat Range
  • World and parent facing
Cons
  • A bulky packaging which makes it a challenge for small spaces.
  • The handlebar is adjustable but not extendable. This makes it challenging for taller people since it can’t be extended  to accomodate their height.
Verdict

It’s durable, sturdy, and affordable. I would say yes. Go for it!

Buy Now  available at  Amazon  Graco Evo Trio Pushchair

Graco Fast Action Travel System

Strollers

Credit Amazon. Bugaboo High Performance Stroller With Raincover

Credit Amazon: Bugaboo High Performance Stroller With Raincover

A Stroller is similar to a buggy only slightly bigger. Some people see both as the same.

Nonetheless, it’s distinctively different from a pushchair because it’s lighter and not suitable for the rough busy street pavements.

A stroller like the buggy is easier to manage because it’s lightweight and easy to fold.

This makes it ideal for moving around in the city and suitable for those who commute by bus and train.

Carol’s Stroller Story

Carol, a mother of two boys, tells me about her stroller. She says that, it’s light, and easy to fold.

She says: “It has a reclining seat, it’s good for shopping around and for moving around on a paved street.

It’s easy to travel with and can fit into the boot because it’s not bulky and doesn’t occupy space’’.

She also says: If I’m going to the country, I would use a pushchair because it’s sturdy, the wheel can grip more’’.

Suggested Strollers

Buy Now available at Boots.com Silver Cross Pop Stroller

Buy Now available at Amazon.com Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Travel Pushchair

Also  Buy  Baby Jogger City Tour 2 Double Pushchair 

Buy Now available at Amazon.com is the Bugaboo Fox/Chameleon High Performance with Raincover

Buy Now available at Mamas & Papas.com  Armadillo City² Slim Folding Pushchair – Rose Pink

Credit Mamas & Papas Armadillo City Slim Fold Pushchair- Rose Pink. Award Winning Pushchair

This award-winning stroller is available at Mamas & Papas.com  Armadillo City² Slim Folding Pushchair – Rose Pink

Conclusion

So, mums, this is an inexhaustible list of pushchairs, three wheelers, travel systems and strollers, that I have picked out for you based on recommendation from mums and my own preferences.

I hope that you found this helpful.

Please leave a comment and share your pushchair experiences.

See you soonest.

 

Further read

Uppababy.com

Infababy.com

Baby Jogger.com

businesscompanion.info,

Video credit:YouTube

6 Comments

  1. Sunny

    June 29, 2020 at 6:53 am

    Thank you Ibi for another very insightful and educative piece. This article has greatly enriched the knowledge and information on purchase of pushchair. The various alternative available to new moms are very clear – what is even more is that where to get them are also highlighted
    I look forward to reading the next article
    Regards

    1. Ibi

      June 29, 2020 at 9:51 am

      Dear Sunny
      Thank you very much for your contribution to this conversation. I am glad that you found the post helpful and informative.
      Thank you

      1. Sotonye Zedomi

        July 1, 2020 at 10:52 am

        The information in the series are so comprehensive and valuable to all to be Mothers. You have covered all that is required and given mothers options. Thank you for the series.

        1. Ibi

          July 1, 2020 at 11:24 am

          Dear Sotonye
          Thanks a million. I am happy to know that you found the series helpful.

  2. Toyin

    July 2, 2020 at 9:44 am

    This is comprehensive. A good shopping guild for new mum. I appreciate your thorough research, review on functionality.

    1. Ibi

      July 2, 2020 at 6:41 pm

      Thank you so Toyin, I am delighted you found this article insightful

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